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Greg Olsen | Tight End | #88

Team: Carolina Panthers
Age / DOB:  (32) / 3/11/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 255
College: Miami (FL)
Drafted: 2007 / Rd. 1 (31) / CHI
Contract: view contract details

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Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer is taking Greg Olsen's holdout threat seriously.
While Person doesn't "think it will come to that," he conceded that Olsen's desire for a new contract is genuine and not a "media creation." He added that Olsen wants a raise "commensurate with his production" and could make things "uncomfortable" if the Panthers are unwilling to address his needs. This will be a situation to watch as training camp approaches. Jun 25 - 10:12 AM

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Appearing on Adam Schefter's Know Them From Adam podcast, Greg Olsen wouldn't rule out holding out of training camp in hopes of a new contract.

Olsen has two years left on his deal at base salaries of $6.5 million. In annual average, he makes less than Charles Clay. Olsen has proven he's one of the league's best tight ends and most reliable, having not missed a game since 2007. When asked directly by Schefter if he'd skip the start of camp, Olsen said it's "too early" to say. He turned 32 in March and said he thinks he can play another 5-6 seasons.
Jun 21 - 9:46 AM

Two league sources tell the Charlotte Observer that Greg Olsen wants a raise from the Panthers.

A top-five player at his position ever since he arrived in Carolina, Olsen wants to be paid "commensurate with the NFL's top tight ends." In annual average, Olsen is presently paid less than Charles Clay and Zach Ertz. He ranks 12th among tight ends in guaranteed money and is due base salaries of $6.5 million in each of the next two years. Olsen is attending minicamp, and there are no indications he plans to hold out.
Jun 13 - 10:14 PM

Greg Olsen caught 3-of-4 passes for 22 yards in Week 17 against the Bucs.

Olsen led the Panthers in receiving for the fourth straight year. He finished with a 80/1,073/3 line, becoming the first tight end in history with 1,000 yards in three consecutive seasons. Olsen saw a big drop in his touchdowns with the return of Kelvin Benjamin. That should change if Cam Newton rebounds after a career-worst year. Olsen is locked in as a top-five tight end for 2017.
Jan 1 - 5:30 PM

Greg Olsen (elbow) is active for Week 17 against the Bucs.

Olsen missed the final two series last week with his elbow injury, but was expected to play. He could see limited snaps in a meaningless game. The Panthers inactives are QB Derek Anderson, RB Cameron Artis-Payne, LB Luke Kuechly, DE Charles Johnson, LB Jeremy Cash, OT Dan France, and DT Paul Soliai.
Jan 1 - 11:50 AM

Greg Olsen (elbow) is questionable for Week 17 against the Bucs.

He should play, but Olsen might see limited snaps like he did in Week 16.
Fri, Dec 30, 2016 01:04:00 PM

Greg Olsen (elbow) did not practice Thursday.

Olsen also sat out Wednesday. The tight end played through his elbow issue last week, but with his record third consecutive 1,000-yard season already wrapped up, he could sit out the meaningless season finale. Olsen needs to get in some work Friday to have a shot.
Thu, Dec 29, 2016 12:34:00 PM

Greg Olsen (elbow) did not practice Wednesday.

Jonathan Stewart (foot) and Devin Funchess (knee) also sat out. With the Panthers having nothing to play for, it's unclear if, or how long, Olsen and Stewart will play in Week 17 against the Bucs. Olsen's snaps were limited in Week 16.
Wed, Dec 28, 2016 02:46:00 PM

Greg Olsen caught 6-of-12 targets for 59 yards in the Panthers' Week 16 loss to the Falcons.

It was not a great game for Olsen, but he will still remember this one fondly. With a 17-yard catch in the second quarter, Olsen became the first tight end in NFL history to record 1,000 receiving yards in three consecutive seasons. Only two tight ends – Tony Gonzalez and Jason Witten – have ever recorded four 1,000-yard seasons in their career. Olsen should have a good shot to make it four in a row next season. He will be a solid TE1 to close out this year next week in Tampa Bay.
Sat, Dec 24, 2016 04:35:00 PM

Greg Olsen (elbow) was not listed on the final injury report.

Olsen sat out the first two days of practice this week, but he was never expected to sit. He got in a full practice Friday and was not listed on the final report. In a great matchup against the Falcons, Olsen is a top-five option at tight end.
Fri, Dec 23, 2016 04:12:00 PM

Greg Olsen (elbow) was officially "DNP" on Thursday, but the Charlotte Observer "fully expects" him to play against the Falcons.

Coach Ron Rivera said the same thing. Coming off the Monday night game, the Panthers are simply resting Olsen during an exceptionally-short week. Revived the past two weeks, Olsen is arguably the No. 1 tight end for finals week.
Thu, Dec 22, 2016 01:43:00 PM

Greg Olsen (elbow) returned to practice on Thursday.

That should put to rest any concern about him missing Week 16. Olsen leads all tight ends in receiving yards this year and will be a no-brainer TE1 Saturday against the Falcons. He snagged six catches for 76 yards and a touchdown when these teams squared off in Week 4.
Thu, Dec 22, 2016 12:05:00 PM

Panthers coach Ron Rivera said he isn't concerned about Greg Olsen's (elbow) status for Week 16.

Neither are we. Olsen sat out practice on Wednesday but we're guessing it was more of a maintenance day coming off the Monday night game. There might be some concern if Olsen is a DNP again Thursday, but all signs point to him suiting up Saturday at home against Atlanta. Olsen has averaged 86 yards over his last two outings and should be a top-five option at tight end this week.
Wed, Dec 21, 2016 05:06:00 PM

Greg Olsen (elbow) is not practicing Wednesday.

Olsen suffered the injury late in Monday night's win over the Redskins. He was scheduled to visit a specialist on Tuesday, but there haven't been any updates. For now, expect Olsen to ultimately play against the Falcons.
Wed, Dec 21, 2016 01:39:00 PM

Greg Olsen suffered an elbow injury late in Monday night's Week 15 win over the Redskins.

He missed most of the final two series of the win after taking a shot to his elbow. For now, it doesn't sound like it's anything serious. Despite several down games over the past two months, Olsen is eight yards away from 1,000 for the season. He leads all tight ends in targets and yards through Week 15.
Wed, Dec 21, 2016 12:31:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Cam Newton
2Derek Anderson
3Joe Webb
4Garrett Gilbert
RB1Christian McCaffrey
2Jonathan Stewart
3Fozzy Whittaker
4Cameron Artis-Payne
5Jalen Simmons
GLB1Jonathan Stewart
2Christian McCaffrey
3RB1Christian McCaffrey
2Fozzy Whittaker
FB1Darrel Young
2Alexander Armah
WR11Kelvin Benjamin
2Brenton Bersin
3Russell Shepard
4Keyarris Garrett
5Kaelin Clay
WR21Devin Funchess
2Curtis Samuel
3Damiere Byrd
4Charles Johnson
5Mose Frazier
WR31Curtis Samuel
TE1Greg Olsen
2Ed Dickson
3Scott Simonson
4Chris Manhertz
5Eric Wallace
LT1Matt Kalil
2Michael Oher
3Tyrus Thompson
LG1Andrew Norwell
2Chris Scott
3David Yankey
C1Ryan Kalil
2Gino Gradkowski
3Tyler Larsen
RG1Trai Turner
2Amini Silatolu
3Dan France
RT1Daryl Williams
2Taylor Moton
3Blaine Clausell
K1Graham Gano
2Harrison Butker